No future for factory farming
Farm animal welfare focus: Stopping the destructive animal feed trade
Cruel factory farming relies on a global trade in crops to feed farmed animals. Tropical forests are destroyed to make way for crops destined for factory farms around the world.
The special dietary needs of factory-farmed animals bred for profit drive the global trade in destructive animal feed.
Almost 80% of the world’s soybean crop is fed to farmed animals, not people. Pesticides are also used extensively, contaminating rivers and killing people and wild animals.
A moratorium on factory farming and a shift in farm animal welfare legislation would:
- Free up land for communities to grow food for people
- Support global food security and address the climate crisis
- Relieve growing pressure on wild animal habitats and give wildlife a fighting chance
Factory farming is putting an extreme risk on public health and the planet’s future. Click the link below to read more in our latest report:
Factory-farmed animal treatment
Animals in factory farms are bred to grow fast, have large litters, lay high numbers of eggs, or produce a maximum amount of milk. This causes great suffering over their short lifetimes.
Chickens are bred to reach their slaughter weight about twice as quickly as 40 years ago, and their legs cannot keep pace with the rapid body growth. As a result, many chickens suffer from painful, sometimes crippling leg disorders.
Ending irresponsible antibiotic use in farming
Three-quarters of the world’s antibiotics are used in animals, most on factory farms to stop stressed animals from getting sick. Antibiotic overuse causes superbugs to emerge. These can escape from farms via workers, into the food chain and our environment and waterways.
Already, the superbug crisis is responsible for 1.27 million deaths every year due to antibiotics no longer being effective.
The same low farm animal welfare conditions that give rise to superbugs can also cause diseases like bird flu or swine flu to emerge from factory farms and transfer to humans.
A moratorium and shift in farm animal welfare legislation on factory farming is the most effective way to safeguard public health and our environment.
This will lead to fewer farmed animals living in high welfare conditions, and no longer being subjected to harmful antibiotics.